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Scherzer ties single-game MLB strikeout record in Nats' victory

Scherzer ties single-game MLB strikeout record in Nats' victory

Postgame analysis of the Nats' 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night at Nationals Park: 

How it happened: Heading in, this game was all about the matchup of Max Scherzer vs. Jordan Zimmermann, two pitchers who were facing their former teams for the first time.

And what a duel this turned out to be.

Scherzer outshined his former rotation mate in a big way, striking out a Nats-record 20 batters en route to a complete game and a 3-2 victory. He became the fifth pitcher to strike out that many in a game, and the first since Randy Johnson did it in May of 2001. 

As for the offense, Daniel Murphy (who else?) kickstarted things, putting the Nats up 1-0 in the first and up 2-1 in the sixth on a pair of RBI singles. Danny Espinosa would later add a big insurance run in the bottom of the frame with a solo shot to make it 3-1. The Tigers would draw closer on a J.D. Martinez solo home run, but in the end, Scherzer was too much. 

Mad Max returns, makes history: You think Scherzer might have been a little fired up to face his old team? The numbers were eye-popping, but what sutck out the most was the atmosphere at the stadium. By the end of the game, the Nats Park crowd was standing on nearly every two-strike count, and Scherzer would have them roaring each time he racked up another punch out. It was a memorable performance delivered by the Nats' $210 million man, who's had a few of them already in his short tenure with the team. 

Zimmermann's homecoming: Not to be outdone in the early going by his former rotation mate, Zimmermann certainly had a solid performance of his own. In his first game back at Nats Park since signing with the Tigers, he countered Scherzer nearly every step of the way before In all, Zimmermann allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings. But the biggest treat was seeing the 29-year-old right hander greeted warmly by the D.C. faithful, who gave him a standing ovation as he was introduced for his first at-bat.

What it means: That Scherzer's still got it. After an early stretch where he didn't look quite like himself all season, he finally gave the Nats the type of performance they had been getting used to seeing from him for most of 2015. As such, he helped Washington start off its seven-game homestand with a series victory over the scuffling Tigers, which was just what the doctor ordered after the rough series against the Cubs. 

What's next: The Nats will enjoy a much-needed day off before beginning a weekend series against the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Washington will send Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.19 ERA) to the mound to face Tom Koehler (2-3, 5.83 ERA).

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.